Who was Winsor McCay







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: October 15, 2012
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On October 15, 2012 Google featured a one of a kind first time Google Doodle that presented one of the Winsor McCay comics "Little Nemo in Slumberland". When I first saw the Google Doodle this morning at first it did not make sense, and I just clicked on the cartoon to go through the steps to find out what the Google Doodle was about.

Winsor McCay

I were surprised to learn that the Google Doodle today was about Winsor McCay a popular American Cartoonist.

Who was Winsor McCay

Winsor McCayTo learn more about Winsor McCay I turned to Google and Wikipedia to learn more about him. According to Wikipedia, Winsor McCay were born on September 26, 1869 and passed away on the 26th of July 1934. If you are a regular Google Doodler you will notice that there is a discrepancy with Winsor McCay's birthday and the time Google chose to celebrate his 107th birthday. Usually when Google do a birthday doodle it falls on the same day as the birthday of the person.

In the case of Winsor McCay it seems like know one knows when exactly he was born - he claimed to have been born in Spring Lake, Michigan in 1871 on October 15, but his gravestone says he was born in 1869, and Canadian census reports state that he was born in Canada in 1867 and not in the Michigan USA. He was originally named Zenas Winsor McKay, in honor of his father's employer, Zenas G. Winsor. He later dropped the name Zenas to be known only as Winsor McCay.

Winsor McCay Political Artist and Cartoonist

According to Wikipedia -  "Winston McCay was an American cartoonist and animator, best known for the comic strip Little Nemo (Google Doodle 15th October 2012) and the animated cartoon Gertie the Dinosaur. For legal reasons, he worked under the pen name Silas on the comic strip Dream of the Rarebit Fiend.

McCay was a prolific artist and his pioneering early animated films far outshone the work of his contemporaries, and set a standard followed by Walt Disney and others in later decades. His comic strip work has influenced generations of artists, including creators such as William Joyce, André LeBlanc, Moebius, Maurice Sendak, Chris Ware and Bill Watterson